Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Do You Love Me?

"Look at Jesus.  The world did not pay any attention to him.  He was crucified and put away.  His message of love was rejected by a world in search of power, efficiency, and control.  But there he was, appearing with wounds in his glorified body to a few friends who had eyes to see, ears to hear, and hearts to understand.  This rejected, unknown, wounded Jesus simply asked, 'Do you love me, do you really love me?'  He whose only concern had been to announce the unconditional love of God had only one question to ask, 'Do you love me?'

The question is not: How many people take you seriously?  How much are you going to accomplish?  Can you show some results?  But: Are you in love with Jesus?  Perhaps another way of putting the question would be: Do you know the incarnate God?"

~Henri Nouwen, In the Name of Jesus (36-37)

What do we measure ourselves by?  Our accomplishments, our status, our results?  Or do we find purpose in our most important task: loving Jesus?  Out of this all other things will follow.

I have found myself challenged by this recently.

1 comment:

sarah said...

ok so i know that this is terrible but the first thing i thought of when i saw your title was this:


(i'm not sure you've ever seen this or not. if so, just watch it again. you can never see it too many times. if not, watch it. don't judge me. just watch it. really don't judge me. then watch it again. then find it incredibly funny. then watch it again.)